Barcino147 Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona From the New York Times…….
Gateway to Catalan Republic: Hundreds of 1,000s rally for independence in Barcelona The rally, carried out under the slogan “Let’s start building a new country” saw people coming to Barcelona from all parts of Catalonia by car, buses and rail…. The rally has stretched along one of the city’s main avenues the Meridiana, which starts from the outskirts of the city, heading to the Parc de la Ciutadella. People waving national flags, “estelada” in the Catalan language, are moving towards the parliament building in the park. The demonstration is taking place on same day of the launch of the electoral campaign, which has been framed as a de facto vote about the region’s secession from the rest of Spain. The demonstration is taking place on the same day as the kick off of an electoral campaign that has been framed as a de facto vote on the region’s secession from the rest of Spain. Catalonia’s regional election is to take place on September 27. The “Together for Yes” (‘Junts pel Sí’) coalition is expected to win a majority of at least 68 seats in the 135-seat regional assembly. Catalan President Artur Mas said on Friday that he would rather count “votes instead of seats,” but “all attempts to organize a referendum have been blocked” by the Spanish government, the Catalan news agency reported. Mas, who is running with “Together for Yes,” said the election is the “only legal option” left to Catalonia to find out how many people are in favor of independence. “If we win, if we have a majority of MPs, we will be open to negotiate with Madrid, Brussels and all European capitals in order to get an agreement. We’ll have a positive attitude,” he said. The organizers said Friday’s rally is an attempt to show the will of the vast majority of the Catalan people and a last plea for a referendum on independence from Spain. The demonstration is “to be the last one with a vindicatory purpose,” said Carme Forcadell, former president of the ANC. Historically Catalonia has been one of Spain’s better-off regions, accounting for one-fifth of the country’s economic output